Westland Sea King HAS2 – 825 Sqn Royal Navy, Falklands War 1982
3 in stock
3 in stock
Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale A33401: Sea King HAS2 XV648 of 825 sqn Royal Navy on anti-submarine duties during the Falklands war in 1982. Brilliant award winning model in South Atlantic grey livery, it has superb detailing including authentic markings, opening side door, optional undercarriage and in flight or static rotors and stand. Highly sought after and hard to find. One of the small series of models produced to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Falklands conflict in 2002. Fantastic, hugely under-rated model, complete with replica Falklands medal!
Length 12.25 inches Rotorspan 10.25 inches
The Westland WS-61 Sea King is a British licence-built version of the American Sikorsky S-61 helicopter of the same name, built by Westland Helicopters. The aircraft differs considerably from the American version, with Rolls-Royce Gnome engines (licence-built General Electric T58s), British-made anti-submarine warfare systems and a fully computerised flight control system. The Sea King was primarily designed for performing anti-submarine warfare (ASW) missions. A Sea King variant was adapted by Westland as troop transport known as the Commando.
In British service, the Westland Sea King provided a wide range of services in both the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy. As well as wartime roles in the Falklands War, the Gulf War, the Balkans conflict, the Iraq War, and the Afghanistan War, the Sea King is perhaps most well known in its capacity as a RAF Search and Rescue Force helicopter. The Sea King was also adapted to meet the Royal Navy’s requirement for a ship-based airborne early warning platform.
As of 2012, the WS-61 Sea King remains in operation in Britain, as well as multiple export customers: Germany, Norway, Egypt and India. Some operators have replaced, or are planning to replace, the Sea King with more modern helicopters, such as the NHIndustries NH90 and the AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin.